QUOTE (History man @ May 28 2009, 11:35 PM)
This is my first post. Glad to be here amongst some of the best hockey fans in the world. I've been enjoying and studying NHL hockey history for quite a few years. Happy to participate here.
8) Borje Salming. Refused to give into unprecedented levels of intimidation as he went on to become the greatest overall Leaf defenseman of all-time.
Mats Sundin- All-time franchise point leader, but never won anything.
Tim Horton - Temendous defensive defenseman. Won four Cups but had to play several years before he became one of the best.
George Armstrong - Franchise leader in games played. Very important leader and four-time Cup winner, but his points per game ratio is relatively low.
Although some have said it before and as much as I admire Borje Salmings career, it was for lack of a better word, "fantastic" he is arguably the second best Dman to ever don a Leaf uni. The seat he takes in second place is directly behind the seat that Myles occupies. Horton during his career was easily more dominant more often than Borje ever was, without him I really don't think that all 4 of those SC's in the 60's would've happened. He was integral to the Leafs successes, one could argue that Salming was integral to any Leaf successes of the 70's but it never was enough to bring home the big prize.
Salming IMO does belong in the top 15 as the Leafs have never had a more gifted offensive defenceman who had great defensive instincts as well. Horton was the anti-thesis of Salming, superb defense and very good offense. It may be premature of my saying so but if Luke develops those offensive instincts and continues his upward growth defensively he may mean as much to the team as Horton once did, there is already an eerie resemblance!